Merit Award: Tolu Coker
Tolu Coker is a unisex fashion brand centred around inclusivity, diversity and social responsibility. More than just a fashion brand, it serves as a creative outlet for the youthful expression of political reform, changing social/economic climates and new emerging identities. The brand explores and acknowledges hybridity and fluidity in societies cultures, translating this into forward-thinking fashion and environmentally conscious clothing, shoes and accessories. Her graduate collection, ‘Replica’, focuses on giving social outsiders a space within the community by representing their stories and challenging conventional perceptions of power, aesthetic beauty and stereotypes. The development of unique and innovative design techniques, which utilise both traditional artisan craftsmanship and modern technology.